Last updated on: 6/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Dennis M. Israelski, MD Biography

Title:
Former Chief of Infectious Diseases & AIDS Medicine at the San Mateo Medical Center
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“[I]t is clear that there are people who use marijuana solely to ameliorate symptoms associated with chronic disease, such as HIV/AIDS. This suggests that cannabinoids have potential benefit as a therapeutic class of agents.”

“Marijuana Improves Adherence to Anti-HIV Therapy,” Reuters Health, February 12, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
     Key Experts
Physicians [Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate because the issue is thought by many to be ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana, and Physicians, with their training and clinical work, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks.] [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President and CEO, Innovative Support to Emergencies Diseases and Disasters (InSTEDD), 2007-present
  • Former chief of Infectious Diseases & AIDS Medicine, Clinical Clinical Trials & Research, San Mateo Medical Center
  • Board of Directors, United States Doctors for Africa, Inc.
  • Former Medical Marijuana Researcher, Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research
  • Former Clinical Professor of Infectious Diseases, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Former President and Executive Director, World Wide Aids Coalition
  • Former Medical Director, AIDS Empowerment and Treatment International, a nongovernmental organization
  • Former Medical Director, San Mateo County AIDS Program
Education:
  • MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, 1981
Other:
  • None found